Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Level 7)



Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs) are experienced clinicians who demonstrate expertise in their scope of practice. ACPs manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment from the time an individual first presents through to the end of the episode, which may include admission, referral or discharge or care at home. They carry out their full range of duties in relation to individuals’ physical and mental healthcare and in acute, primary, urgent and emergency settings (including hospitals, general practice, individuals’ homes, schools and prisons, and in the public, independent, private and charity sectors). They combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership within their scope of practice. Advanced Clinical Practitioners work innovatively on a one-to-one basis with individuals as well as part of a wider team.



Advanced Clinical Practitioner



Training Provider

University of Central Lancashire

24 months
Most Suitable For
Those wanting to combine expert clinical skills with research, education and clinical leadership within their scope of practice. This course is for registered health care practitioners; such as AHP, Nurse, Pharmacist.
Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship Award and a Master's Degree (MSc) in Advanced Clinical Practice
Programme Cost

£11,500 (UCLan discounted procurement rate, usually £12,000).

Apprenticeships are paid using employer levy. Levy Paying Employers and Non-Levy Paying Employers, please read our Tuition and Apprenticeship Service Account Guide for more information and instructions.

Additional Funding
For Primary Care Employers:
  • NHSE ACP Training Grant. The funding is usually announced in January and usually opens for applications early January, for courses starting in the upcoming Sep – March. Employers will ALSO need to apply for the apprenticeship itself via the training hub.
For all Employers:
  • If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here. 
  • For apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2024 - 31 July 2025, employer may be eligible for £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 - 18 years old, OR aged 19 - 24 years old and has either an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority and / or has been in the care of their local authority. Full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules.
Start Date
Usually September and January
Teaching Delivery
Blended with mainly face-to-face teaching (Preston Campus) and occasional online teaching
Key Learning Requirements
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), which are detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. These are achieved by;
1) Programme Teaching; mainly on campus.
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up
3) Learning in the workplace; shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned work based projects, day-to-day development within your current role duties/work activities, reflections with mentor, relevant training sessions.
This programme enables employer and learner to choose some of the modules. A list of modules is available on the course webpage or course materials.
Placements are required.
A varied assessment strategy is utilised throughout the programme. Work-based learning is utilised to develop and assess core clinical capabilities. Other assessments include academic writing, presentation, examination, QI project proposals and project reports. Apprentices are assessed at the end of programme by End Point Assessment.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
• Employed minimum 30 hours a week in a suitable role for the duration of the apprenticeship
• Evidence of English and Maths at GCSE C/4/Functional Skills Level 2/Equivalent or above is required at application stage due to the nature and level of the programme. An initial diagnostic assessment will also be completed by Bolton at application stage.
• Normally expected to have an Honours Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, followed by a minimum of 4 years post-qualification work experience, with at least 1 year working knowledge of the speciality field and current registration relevant to your area of practice (for example, as an allied health professional, healthcare scientist, nurse, pharmacist, or public health professional)
• Enhanced DBS (within 3 years’ of course start date)
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.
Full requirements and details are found on the course webpage/information.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship
• Unified Learning Environment Audit (ULE). Locality GPEF with support with these checks/process
• Registered Practitioner to mentor the apprentice, usually a GP who is a qualified mentor/ trainer. If the learner is doing independent prescribing as part of the course, they will also need a designated medical practitioner (usually their supervisor is suitable).
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
Higher Procurement - National ACP
Application Timescale
It takes on average 2 – 3 months to complete all application stages for this programme. If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Please note Applications for the HEE ACP Funding Grant will usually need to be completed earlier.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• ACP Support: Once on programme, the Training Hub ACP Lead will provide learners with more details and support options, such as links to the ACP forum.
• Placement Support: Once on programme, the Placement Manager and ACP Lead are able to assist with queries.
• Visit our ACP webpage for more information on the role in Primary Care, plus further training, support and resources.
Social Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCSC Training Hub such as training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship, examples of further development via apprenticeship options could include; Coaching Professional, various Management/Leadership options.
HASO Apprenticeship pathway tool is available here
Career progression does not have to be linear. Entry criteria may differ per provider and varied routes may be available depending on the individuals prior learning and experience.
Information Last Updated

Programme Resources

If you would like to know anything further about the programme itself, please contact: Allan Gardner, Course Lead [email protected]

How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023